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Hey guys,
Somehow, I have ended up with strikingly similar pairs from two different makers, and one of them would have to go. One thing to point out, I am currently in Miami and after two months living here, we have decided to move back North next year, so, I might simply keep the one pair that is more versatile and that can be dressed up or down in colder weather.

What do you folks think?

Alden Ravello on the Plaza last (pair on the left) and Carmina Color 4 on the Detroit last

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Hey guys,
Somehow, I have ended up with strikingly similar pairs from two different makers, and one of them would have to go. One thing to point out, I am currently in Miami and after two months living here, we have decided to move back North next year, so, I might simply keep the one pair that is more versatile and that can be dressed up or down in colder weather.

What do you folks think?

Alden Ravello on the Plaza last (pair on the left) and Carmina Color 4 on the Detroit last

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Hmmm I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer. I like the speed hooks on the Alden but that’s an easy mod at your cobbler. To my eye, and this is very subjective I like the Carmina silhouette better. It just looks a touch more elegant. It really is splitting hairs as both are nice boots.
 

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Hey guys,
Somehow, I have ended up with strikingly similar pairs from two different makers, and one of them would have to go. One thing to point out, I am currently in Miami and after two months living here, we have decided to move back North next year, so, I might simply keep the one pair that is more versatile and that can be dressed up or down in colder weather.

What do you folks think?

Alden Ravello on the Plaza last (pair on the left) and Carmina Color 4 on the Detroit last

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Beautiful! Fit is King. Whichever pair is the most comfortable.
 

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Hey guys,
Somehow, I have ended up with strikingly similar pairs from two different makers, and one of them would have to go. One thing to point out, I am currently in Miami and after two months living here, we have decided to move back North next year, so, I might simply keep the one pair that is more versatile and that can be dressed up or down in colder weather.

What do you folks think?

Alden Ravello on the Plaza last (pair on the left) and Carmina Color 4 on the Detroit last

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What sole do you have on Carmina's? Depending on your preferences you may have trade-offs with each. I'm a speed hook guy, but the storm welt and assuming rubber sole on Carmina would have me lean that way. Also think resale will be better with the Alden's.

Both look great so think it'll be a function over form decision in all honesty
 

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Thank-you guys for the feedback.

Both are on rubber soles: Alden's on Commando vs Carmina's Dainite studded.

What sole do you have on Carmina's? Depending on your preferences you may have trade-offs with each. I'm a speed hook guy, but the storm welt and assuming rubber sole on Carmina would have me lean that way. Also think resale will be better with the Alden's.

Both look great so think it'll be a function over form decision in all honesty
 

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Hey guys,
Somehow, I have ended up with strikingly similar pairs from two different makers, and one of them would have to go. One thing to point out, I am currently in Miami and after two months living here, we have decided to move back North next year, so, I might simply keep the one pair that is more versatile and that can be dressed up or down in colder weather.

What do you folks think?

Alden Ravello on the Plaza last (pair on the left) and Carmina Color 4 on the Detroit last

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What is this selling word you speak of? 😂
Truth be told both pairs are stunners. I think different enough to keep but then again…
 

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Does one fit any better than the other?
Unfortunately for my decision making process I have my size dialed in on both of these lasts. They both fit nicely with corresponding sock weights (thin vs. medium weight).
 

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Hey guys,
Somehow, I have ended up with strikingly similar pairs from two different makers, and one of them would have to go. One thing to point out, I am currently in Miami and after two months living here, we have decided to move back North next year, so, I might simply keep the one pair that is more versatile and that can be dressed up or down in colder weather.

What do you folks think?

Alden Ravello on the Plaza last (pair on the left) and Carmina Color 4 on the Detroit last

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Completely 2 different makeups. The Carminas have green lining!

Jokes aside, they're very fucking similar and I don't think one has a versatility advantage over the other due to being near identical. I never realized how similar the Detroit last is to the Plaza last until now.

My opinion:
By default, the Alden's stay due to the elusive nature.

Personal taste, Alden is great but I always thought when compared to other makers, they always look unrefined in some/most models. This being one of them. I don't think the Indy boot looks great on the Plaza last. I'd keep the Carminas if I had other Aldens in a 'rare' shade.

Alternate option: Keep both unless it crosses the border of financial responsibility.
 

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Hey guys,
Somehow, I have ended up with strikingly similar pairs from two different makers, and one of them would have to go. One thing to point out, I am currently in Miami and after two months living here, we have decided to move back North next year, so, I might simply keep the one pair that is more versatile and that can be dressed up or down in colder weather.

What do you folks think?

Alden Ravello on the Plaza last (pair on the left) and Carmina Color 4 on the Detroit last

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Keep Carminas,; darker shell colour and a much much sleek and nicer last than Alden. No doubt here.
 

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